Definition of acacia in English:

Share this entry

acacia

Pronunciation: /əˈkāSHə/
(also acacia tree)

noun

1A tree or shrub of warm climates that bears spikes or clusters of yellow or white flowers and is frequently thorny.
  • Genus Acacia, family Leguminosae: numerous species, including A. senegal, which yields gum arabic
Example sentences
  • That is where you've got grazing land largely, and it appears that the woody vegetation, trees, eucalypts and acacias, native pines and other shrubs, are becoming denser and denser.
  • Alerted by phone, the local authorities had come to see what was happening in Mekhembar, a village of 1,500 people set among thorny acacias and baobab trees with their bulging trunks.
  • When particular plants flower in sequence, I have seen the same natural area bathed in the yellow of acacias, white of tea-trees, or pink and purple.
1.1 see false acacia.

Origin

Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek akakia.

Words that rhyme with acacia

Asia, Croatia, Dalmatia, ex gratia, geisha

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: a·ca·cia

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.